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Homeless woman gives birth near Vatican and is offered place to stay

A homeless woman who gave birth near St Peter's Square has been offered a place to stay by th e Vatican.

Italian police said a patrol stopped to help the woman after she gave birth in a square just beyond Vatican territory in the early hours of the morning, w hen temperatures were hovering around freezing.

They covered her with their jackets and called an ambulance that took her to a nearby hospital.

Pope Francis's charity official, Monsignor Konrad Krajewski, visited the mother and baby in hospital.

A Vatican spokesman said the monsignor offered the woman a place for a year at a Vatican-owned residence for mothers and babies in need.

He said the woman has not decided whether to accept the offer.

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